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How To Clean Stove Drip Pans

You might not allow a pot to boil over frequently, but it doesn’t happen on occasion, and this is where stove drip pans play a crucial role.

However, if spills and food aren’t cleaned up promptly, they can burn and become stuck to your drip pans.

How To Clean Stove Drip Pans

In this article, I will cover a few different methods with step-by-step guides on how to clean stove drip pans.

Keep reading to find out more.

How To Clean Stove Drip Pans

There are a variety of different ways to clean your drip pans.

Method One - Dishwashing Liquid 

Step One

To begin, you will need to remove the drip pan and any decorative rings on your stovetop. 

Step Two 

Next, you will want to create a cleaning solution. Simply fill your sink with hot water and add drops of dishwashing detergent that can cut through the grease into the water.

Step Three

Place the drip pans and any other removable parts into the hot, soapy water. Let the pans soak in the water for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Once this time has passed, you can begin wiping the drip pans down with a sponge. If they are more stubborn stains or stuck on bits of food, you can use a melamine sponge to gently scrub these bits away.

Step Four 

Rinse the drip pans in hot water and dry them thoroughly with a microfiber cloth.

Step Five

Reinstall the drip pans under the burners, making sure that they are securely fitted back in place.

Method Two - White Vinegar And Baking Soda

The second method combines vinegar and baking soda for more stubborn stains that the dishwashing soap method wasn’t able to clean.

Step One 

To begin, you will need to remove the drip pans and other components from the stove. Next, you will want to shake them over the garbage to ensure that any dry, loose crispy bits of food are removed before you begin the cleaning process.

At this point, you will also want to check if there are any other spills on your stovetop that you need to attend to.

Step Two 

Fill a sink with hot water and add dishwashing liquid to the sink. Add your drip pans and allow them to soak for around 15 minutes.

Step Three

After you’ve allowed your drip pans to soak in hot, soapy water, you will want to soak them in vinegar.

Drain the hot, soapy water from the sink. Add enough vinegar to submerge your drip pans in distilled white vinegar and allow them to soak for another 30 minutes.

Step Four 

As your drip pans are soaking in vinegar, you will want to sprinkle them with baking soda. Add a generous amount of baking soda to the pans, and watch as the baking soda reacts and begins to fizz.

Allow the mixture to work its magic for a minimum of 15 minutes. At this point, you will want to use a scrubber or scour pad to scrub the drip pans clean.

Be sure to add more baking soda on particular stubborn stains as you continue scrubbing.

Step Five

Following this, you will need to thoroughly rinse the drip pans with hot water and dry them completely with a microfiber cloth.

Add them back to the stovetop and you’re done!

Method three - Ammonia 

If your drip pans are particularly greasy and need a heavy duty clean, then you can try cleaning them with ammonia. That being said, to be safe, always wear rubber gloves for this method.

Step One

Once your drip pans are cool, place each pan into a separate resealable zip-lock bag.

Step Two

Following this, you will want to pour ¼ of a cup of household ammonia into each bag. Ammonia is incredibly strong and the fumes work to cut through the grease, which means each pan doesn’t need to be completely covered for this method to work sufficiently.

Step Three

Once you’ve added the ammonia, it’s time to allow it to work its magic. Seal the bags up and allow the drip pans to sit for a minimum of 12 hours.

When it comes to you reopening the plastic zip-lock bags, make sure that you do so away from your face, as you don’t want to breathe in the fumes. Remove the drip pans, and dispose of the ammonia and plastic bags safely.

Step Four 

Fill your kitchen sink with hot, soapy water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid.

Wash the pans, scrubbing them with a sponge or a plastic scrubber to remove any stubborn bits of food. However, the ammonia method is so strong you won’t be met with much resistance.

Step Five 

Next, you will need to rinse and dry your drip pans thoroughly.

Step Six 

Replace the drip pans on the stove top.

Tips When Cleaning Your Stove Drip Pans

After Cleaning, Always Dry Your Stove Drip Pans Carefully

If you don’t properly dry your stove top drip pans before you place them back on your stove top, you might end up with a mold or rust issue if the water is left to sit on the metal.

Always make sure that you use a microfiber cloth to get rid of any moisture.

Regularly Clean And Maintain Your Stove Drip Pans

Although it might seem like a hassle, regular cleaning of your stove drip pans is how you make sure that they remain in good condition. 

As you regularly clean your stove top to keep it looking and smelling fresh, you should do this with your stove drip pans too.

Replace Your Drip Pans

If you find that your drip pans still aren’t clean and no method is working, there are replacement drip pans readily available on the market that are relatively inexpensive.

In Summary 

Hopefully you now have a better idea of how to clean stubborn stains off your drip pans, as well as a few tips and tricks you can incorporate into your cleaning routine moving forward.

Happy cleaning!

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